Billy Pilgrim is a shell of a man with no real ideas of his own. Starting as a boy Billy does not have...
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...ically possible but also, “Geneticists are discovering that many psychological experiences are linked with gene-environment interactions,” (Schwartz). In other words this means that specifics genes can cause people act and react in a given way. Some things that people think are free will are actually caused by our genetic makeup, our environment, or even both. Altogether with free will being an illusion it can cause people to think a certain way. As more and more people begin to believe that everything is fate they could blame or justify their actions by saying they have no free will. It could cause major issues for our society. Humans could begin to use free will as an excuse for any wrong doing or anything that goes wrong in their lives. Even though free will is an illusion, people should still believe and own up to choices and decisions made in their lives.
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